The First Baptist Church in Brattleboro has been bought by a new owner, after suffering from high maintenance and heating costs. The Brattleboro Reformer reports that Bob Johnson, who founded Omega Optical, entered a purchase and sale agreement with the church’s congregation on Sunday during its annual meeting.
The church, located on 190 Main Street, had been suffering from declining membership, costs to heat the building in the winter, and regular maintenance on the structure, which was built in 1867.
The costs of the heating amounted to at least $1800 a month and the building had been up for sale since January 26th last year, when the congregation held their annual meeting. At that time, the building was appraised by the town at around $890,000 and an anonymous buyer offered $200,000 for the building.
At this time, it’s not known if this amount was offered by Johnson, who purchased the building just this past weekend.
Johnson’s business, Omega Optical, is a technology firm whose parent company already owns another church in Brattleboro.